With Fugo’s Android player, you can use a wide range of Android devices to run your digital signage: media boxes, Smart TVs, and tablets.
If you don’t have a smart Android TV, Android boxes come in a range of prices and capability, and mostly offer you a great bang for your buck - allowing you to run Android OS on any standard TV screen, effectively transforming it from “dumb” to smart.
This guide will walk you through how to install Fugo to an Android device, set up a Fugo account, and publish your content.
Let’s get started!
How to set up Fugo on your Android device
1. Connect your player to your screen & internet
1.1 Connect your Android box to your TV screen via HDMI cable.
1.2 Turn on your device and connect your box to a WiFi or Ethernet network.
2. Install the Fugo player app from the Google Play store
2.1 Open the Google Play store from the home screen of your TV. Search for “Fugo Digital Signage Player” and install our app onto your device.
2.2 Launching the app will automatically generate a PIN. We’ll cover where to enter this PIN in the next section.
3. Set up your Fugo account
3.1 If you have not already registered on Fugo CMS, go to http://fugo.ai/app to start your 14-day free trial.
3.2 After successfully logging in, you can click “Add Screens” on the welcome page. Alternatively, you can navigate to the “Screens” page in the top navigation bar.
3.3 Enter the PIN from the Fugo player window into the space provided.
3.4 To finish the pairing process, give your screen a name and add a location.
Hint: We recommend you name your player something relevant such as 68 Lombard Street or Clapham Coffee Shop. For my example, I’ve named my screen “Fugo HQ.” The address should be your screen’s location.
3.5 Your screen will now be listed on your “Screens” page:
4. Publish content with Fugo CMS
With your player ready to go, let’s give it something to play by creating a playlist!
4.1 Navigate to the Playlist page in the top navigation bar.
4.2 Click the “Create Playlist” button.
4.3 Start by giving your playlist a name in the top left corner of the page. I’ll call mine “Sarah’s playlist.”
4.4 You can add screens, content, or schedule in any order. For the sake of ease, I’ll start with adding a screen. Click “Select Screens” and choose your screen.
4.5 Select content to add to your playlist by clicking “Select Content” and choosing from your media or apps. Click “Add Items” when you’ve finished choosing your content.
4.6 Finally, if you’d like to schedule your content, you can start by indicating the start and end dates under “Date Range.” Tick the box for “No End Date” if you want your content to play indefinitely.
4.7 You can also set the week schedule by clicking and dragging along the schedule. Alternatively, you can select just “Workdays” or “Weekends” in the top right corner of the schedule if you want your playlist to run only on those days. If you want your content to run 24/7, you can click “Select All.”
Hint: Selecting “Workdays” will set your content to run from 8am - 7pm. You can change those hours by clicking on a day block, and manually entering the run times in the day’s window.
4.8 Once your schedule is set, click “Publish” in the right top hand corner to publish your new playlist! If you don’t want to publish right away, just click “Finish later” and it will save your playlist for you to edit later.
Viola - your content is live! You can click the Fugo extension icon in your toolbar any time to access your player.
Hint: When you’re ready to come back to your playlist, you’ll find it saved on your Playlists page. Click “Publish” or select “Edit” from the dotted menu at the right of the playlist panel.
There you go. It’s that easy to set up your digital signage display with Fugo for Android! 💪